Horse Supplements

Sometimes it can be difficult to know what supplement your horse needs. Let’s face it, they cannot tell you what they are lacking.

British Saddlery’s complete range of horse supplements will mean you can rely on us. Products include; vitamin and mineral supplements, calmers, electrolytes and many other products formulated to support performance.

You won’t need to go anywhere else to perfect your horse’s diet.

All of our products are formulated using ingredients which are specially selected for their effect on horses.

We will help you find the supplement best suited to your horse.

We supply calming supplements for those highly strung horses or moody mares. Electrolytes for your competition horses and mineral supplements for horses lacking conditions such as older horses, mares and foals. Take our advice on what your horse needs, we only recommend what we use.

Types of Horse Supplements

Supplements are given to horses whose diets for whatever reason are not keeping them healthy. Most horse supplements consist of vitamins and minerals, but supplemental protein and fat is not uncommon. A healthy horse that is not subjected to any type of duress usually only requires water, a salt or mineral lick and constant access to quality forage. Horses like to eat small meals throughout the day rather than two or three large meals. Their stomachs are small compared to their body size, so large meals do not work with their digestion. Supplements are usually only necessary for horses of an advanced age, horses that are sick, if they are subjected to heavy work or if they are breeding. Otherwise supplements should not be used as a substitute for proper nutrition.

There are a plethora of commercially available horse supplements. Whatever is lacking from a horse’s diet can be added in the proper amounts. Digestive aids, colic prevention, electrolytes, hoof supplements, growth development, energy supplements, blood building and vitamins and mineral supplements are just a few of the options. Added fat and protein are especially common supplements for horses in need. Protein supplements include soybean meal which is most common, followed by cottonseed meal, peanut meal and linseed meal. A good fat source given to sources is vegetable oil of varying types, corn oil being the most popular. Rice bran, too, is used as a fat supplement, for it contains 20% fat in addition to fiber. As long as it is ground up, flaxseed oil is another fat supplement.

It is important to remember that the average horse will not need supplements. Quality forage, water and a salt lick is all their body needs. It is horses that participate in athletics, work or breeding that need supplements to their diet. Aged or infirm horses may also need something extra that normal nutrition cannot provide. If supplements are used, their amounts must be specific to their size. Horse feed must be carefully monitored so the animal does not get overfed. The same is true for supplements. If your horse vet recommends supplements, follow the dosages exactly.

A complete understanding of equine nutrition is necessary for horse owners. Horses have particular eating habits and their digestion is suited to feeding in certain ways. Part of their nutrition may or may not involve supplements. Vitamins, minerals, fats and protein can all be fed to horses in the form of supplements, but they are not a substitute for a natural healthy diet. Horses with constant access to water, a salt or mineral lick and quality forage such as grass or hay usually do not need supplements. They are, however, beneficial when the horse is subject to work, athletics or breeding.

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